Community Investment Fund grants approved

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Airdrie City council approved funding in the amount of $42,950 for a number of community programs and organizations through the Community Investment Fund (CIF) at its regular meeting Nov. 6.

CIF funding is provided by the City of Airdrie and is intended to support Airdrie’s recreational, cultural and arts not-for-profit groups.

“Prior to 2013, City council received festival and event funding requests as standalone requests from organizations seeking financial support to host their festival and events,” said Pauline Clark, social planner at the City.

“Council at that time directed administration to streamline the process, which resulted in the creation of the CIF policy.”

This year’s recipients include the Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie (BGCA) for its popular AIRSCARES haunted house ($5,000), the Airdrie Festival of Lights Society for its annual holiday light show at Nose Creek Park ($15,000) and the Airdrie Performing Arts Society for the annual Airdrie Rotary Festival for the Performing Arts ($8,950).

“It helps us to ensure we have a successful event. With everything going up from advertising costs to print materials, this gift that the City is giving us will help us to have a successful event, increase volunteerism and opportunities for the community, and keep this event in Airdrie,” said Denisa Sanness, executive director of the BGCA.

The other recipients are the Creative Airdrie Society, the Airdrie Food Bank, North Rocky View Community Links and the Nose Creek Players.

Under the CIF policy, organizations applying for funding must provide matching funds. According to Clark, the initial intent of the policy was, “to establish a set of guiding principles that would help facilitate strong partnerships between council and the community not-for-profit groups in nurturing, enhancing and celebrating Airdrie’s artistic, cultural and recreational attributes.”

According to Clark, the City has typically provided approximately $47,000 in funding each year through the CIF program. The process by which the applications for funding are evaluated will be undergoing some review and revision in the upcoming months, she said.

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